The U.S. Department of Justice has stepped in to investigate the mysterious death of a Texas physical therapist who disappeared late last year.
Alfred Wright, 28, a resident of Jasper, Texas was last seen alive November 7 when he stopped at a liquor store because he was having car trouble.
Local law enforcement authorities searched but gave up. His family found his partially clothed body 19 days later in an area that officers had supposedly searched.
Adding more confusion, a medical examiner said the death was accidental, but a different pathologist hired by the family said there appeared to be “severe trauma” to the body.
Wright’s family says he called from the CL&M Grocery on Route 87, asking someone to pick him up due to problems with his truck. When they arrived he was gone.
Wright’s personal affects turned up on a nearby ranch but the search him yielded nothing. The sheriff determined that there was “no foul play” and that Wright’s disappearance was most likely drug-related.
No word on how the Justice Department will proceed with the investigation.
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